Usually, when we go to a book store, we can have two purposes: or we look for something concrete -- an specific author or theme -- or we spend our time going through the bookstands by chance, trying to observe what is new or what is recommended by the store as a good reading. In both cases, it would not be the first time that a book cover captures our attention. We still do not know the name of the author or the style -- but that image makes us closer to the book, taking it and examining it a little bit longer...
But what is the cover of a book? Is it a vile publicity instrument? Does it play a premeditated role in consonance with the author? Does it intend to be the first sparking image introducing a whole story? Do we judge a book by its cover and the first impact it causes on us?
Looking back for years and years ago, when I read J. R. R. Tolkien by the first time, I recall the importance of an image. It was the basis for my imagination activity -- I looked to the book cover again and again, assigning several senses and contexts according to the story takes its way of course. For me, it was not a mere publicity instrument -- it belonged to the opus. Nowadays, as the book sales strategies becoming massive, I believe that everything changed a little bit, watching as the old covers were transformed in modern covers, which meet the wishes of the consume habits of the present generation.
Henry Sene Yee is a book covers designer. Hired by authors and publishing companies, He gives a little bit of his creativity and personal mark to works which are unknown by the people, whether he aims the sale or the introduction of the story. His job can be completely found at his personal blog and below you can find some samples of it.